Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Apr 2010 22:53 UTC
Games Yesterday Phoronix showed proof of Steam's Linux client existence via its Mac OS X launcher that is currently in closed beta, then this morning they showed further signs of Linux support. Since 2008 it was known that Steam and the Source Engine would come to Linux. As an update, they even pointed out the download link for the Steam Linux binary from their store.
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RE: Really?
by darknexus on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 02:00 UTC in reply to "Really?"
darknexus
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So, they're trying to build market share in a demographic which (a) is less than 0.1% of the market

Evidence? Judging Linux's install figures is basically impossible since there are no market figures to go by. I think, in a way, they're counting on that.

(b) is not known for buying software

Perhaps that's because there's not much software to buy for most users? Most of the commercial software for Linux is oriented at the enterprise, and of course most home users will opt for a free solution when presented. Don't confuse the hard core FSF fanatics with the Linux community at large, though I admit they do seem to be the most vocal so it's understandable when this happens. Most of us will gladly buy software if it helps either our productivity or enjoyment, and have no qualms about doing so. There is room for both free and proprietary software in the world, despite what some would have us believe.

and (c) generally opposes video games as childish?

That's a new one. I've not seen many, except for some of the FSF crowd (not sure what the corolation is there but there does seem to be one), say this. More commonly, the response is that you should get a console if you want to game which actually does make a lot of sense when you consider the quality of games for PC vs console most of the time. Still, I know a lot of Linux users who keep Windows around for this one reason, so this attitude isn't as widespread as you seem to believe. See above about vocal users vs quiet ones.

Well, best of luck to them.

With this I agree, though I suspect the feelings behind the words are quite different. I genuinely wish them the best of luck with this. I'm not a hard core gamer, but the more competition we have in the platform and application space (and that includes games for those who play them) the better off we all are in the end. If Steam for Linux is successful, it will be proof to other game companies that Linux is worth their effort.

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